Work-Life Balance and Locum Tenens

Exploring Professional Burnout in the U.S.

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Work-Life Balance and Locum Tenens

Exploring Professional Burnout in the U.S.

While professional burnout can affect workers across any industry, it’s a particularly widespread issue in healthcare. In 2017, 51 percent of physicians reported frequent feelings of professional burnout. For many of these physicians, pursuing a career in locum tenens has been the answer to greater work-life balance.

Experience Freedom and Flexibility

Establishing a positive relationship between work and the rest of your life, commonly known as “work-life balance,” is proven to reduce stress levels, increase focus and concentration, influence greater job satisfaction, and improve health. By offering their care at facilities in need of coverage, locum tenens providers help take the weight of extra shifts off the shoulders of permanent staff.

Locums themselves also experience greater work-life balance. In fact, the freedom and flexibility of locum tenens assignments are among the top reasons providers choose this career path. You’ll choose where you want to work, when, and for how long: a benefit not realized in permanent positions.

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What Is Locum Tenens?

Locum Staffing Combats the Physician Shortage

Latin for “holding one’s place,” “locum tenens” is simply another way to say “contract medical staffing.” A locum tenens staffing and recruiting agency such as Barton Associates places physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), dentists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in short- and long-term positions across the U.S.

Whether they’re providing weekend shift coverage or filling in for several months while a facility searches for its next permanent provider, these locum tenens professionals play a critical role in helping hospitals, practices, and companies survive the ongoing physician shortage. By 2030, the U.S. is expected to experience a shortage of 40,800 to 104,900 doctors with an estimated shortfall of 7,300 to 43,100 primary care physicians and 33,500 to 61,800 physicians in nonprimary care specialties.

In response, healthcare facilities across the country are turning to locum tenens staffing solutions to ensure open revenue streams and continuous care for their patients.

All About Locum Tenens Jobs

Find Balance — and Your Ideal Next Job

There are endless locum tenens job opportunities for physicians, NPs, PAs, dentists, and CRNAs who want to explore the U.S., treat underserved populations, and experience work-life balance.

Discover the Benefits of a Career in Locum Tenens

If you want to see the country, make money while providing great care to a population who needs it, and achieve optimal work-life balance, locum tenens could be a good fit for you! Ready to get started? The Barton team will schedule a phone consultation to get a sense of what you’re looking for, then sort through open jobs in our extensive network to identify which ones best match your interests and skill set.

Review Your Options and Select Your Perfect Job

Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your opportunities, we’ll take care of the rest. Your Barton rep will submit your information to the hiring managers of the jobs that interest you. When there’s a match, we’ll work with the hiring manager to finalize your employment agreement.

Start Your New Job and Experience Balance!

The Barton team handles all licensing, credentialing, and travel before you arrive, plus works with your new facility to ensure you’re ready to go on day one. All you have to worry about is showing up and providing the best care possible!

Barton & my rep Damian have been a wonderful experience. Any problems or concerns are dealt with promptly. I highly recommend them to everyone!

S.T. Carosello, DDS

Barton is THE BEST! Everyone I have talked to has been very professional and wonderful to work with...we do plan on a long and successful association with Barton for years to come.

Dr. Richard M., Locum Tenens Physician

My Barton representative was very good at presenting the availability of various opportunities for locum tenets near the Dallas area. My initial assignment was great. Everything was handled with the utmost professionalism and expediency. I could not have asked for a better experience. I would definitely recommend Barton and Associates to any professional looking for job opportunities and placement in their chosen field.

Dr. Thomas R., Locum Tenens MD

I love the personal touch this company puts on working with physicians. My recruiter is always looking for new opportunities for me and has a real sense of what I am looking for and how certain positions would fit into my schedule and my other work. I consider her a friend now that we have worked together for almost 2 years.

Dr. Kathryn G., Physician

It was great to have Barton as my recruiting company. Hunter B. went above and beyond to accommodate my needs and find me the right place to work. She is the most efficient and caring recruiter I’ve worked with.

Dr. Cinthya D., Locum Tenens Physician

Prompt pay. Great customer service!!

Susan S., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

Love working for Barton! My recruiter is awesome, always on top of things, pay is regular and on time, good jobs. I can’t complain. I’m able to work close to home without being owned by a company.

Lisa T., Locum Tenens APRN

I love working with Barton Associates Locum's division. All the consultant recruiters and associates are very insightful and helpful with the transition. Whether you are looking for a seasonal locums or career in locums, Barton is the way to go. Special thanks to Brien T.

Dr. Naveen R., Locum Tenens MD

Lael F., in NV is amazing. She has gone above and beyond to help me find work and to make sure I am happy and settled. When there is a problem, she follows up within 10-15 min, sometimes faster!

Jill S., Nurse Practitioner

Always prompt, sincere and on top of things.

Lee W., Locum Tenens MD

I have always enjoyed and hope to continue the working relationship I have with Barton Associates. I really especially enjoy working with Anthony G., who has always and continues to be very courteous, and professional and caring.

Dr. Cynthia O., Locum Tenens D.O.

The agent I work with is great communicator, efficient, gets me answers quickly, negotiates my contract for optimal pay and other benefits, and actively looks for future assignments.

Stacy W., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

My experience with Barton Associates was beyond my expectations from the very beginning. The team I worked with were very professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and awesome experience!

Dr. Jeff T., Locum Tenens MD

I have had nothing but the best experiences with Barton Associates. My rep, Brien T., is really amazing. He takes care of anything I need for my assignments.

Dr. Pamela M., MD

I deal with a courteous and responsible employee Mr. Jackson H. He is easy and straightforward to deal with. I am glad to communicate with him anytime a job becomes available.

Dr. Salim J., Locum Tenens Physician

Absolutely the best experience I've had with a locum tenens company...He was immediately responsive to any request/need I would have, even if it was late at night on a weekend.

Emmad S., DDS

My experience with Barton Associates has been excellent. I have been pleased with and have had very positive experiences with the assignments that I have received. I plan to continue to work with Barton.

Debra W., Physician

Gabby R., of Barton is excellent at follow ups, call backs and job searches. She’s a great advocate to have! I so enjoyed the Nurse Practitioner employment opportunities she has found me.

Therese R., Nurse Practitioner

Tammy L. is a fantastic recruiter who is responsive to my needs and concerns and is always available. She has presented numerous job opportunities to me and she and her team provide excellent assistance in credentialing and licensing as well. We have been working together since 2014.

Barbara C., Locum Tenens MD

My recruiter is the BOMB....Not only did she help me find the assignment I was looking for in a super timely fashion, but also worked with me throughout the process to make it the best work environment possible.

Jennifer O., Nurse Pracitioner

Mike P. at Barton was very helpful and contacted me often to keep me in the loop about job opportunities as well as any updates on my temporary dentist position. I was able to talk directly to the dentist I would be working for prior to accepting a position in the office.

Lisa A., Locum Tenens DDS

Barton Associates has been effective in finding quality practices in the locations and times I prefer. They have been able to find and negotiate housing. They are good advocates for their providers.

Dr. F., Locum Tenens Physician

My experience has been very good...the assignments that they referred me to have been terrific. My needs and questions have been met. I have referred several of my peers to BARTON

Locum Tenens DDS

Barton always tries to inform me about tenens opportunities that are close to me, and fall within my realm of expertise. I am not required to accept assignments...I always have an avenue of assistance, no matter what the problem, from licensure to contract problems.

Randell Lowrey, DDS

The personal touch at Barton. Gabbie stays in touch with me on a regular basis, often just to check in. Getting paid was easy, and doing my time card couldn't have been easier.

Gloria C., CNS

My recruiter Maria is accessible and personable. She knows my preferences and work schedule, and is extremely eager to get me the time I need working locums

Cardiology MD

Great bunch of people. They originally negotiated my first locums job and did fantastic. It was only supposed to be a 4 month stent. I am currently 1 1/2 years with same placement. Everyone at B&A have been top notch. Always looking out for my interests. I have a amazing rep who is never more than a phone call away...

Eric S., Locum Tenens Physician Assistant

It is always a pleasure to work with a recruiter that knows your preferences for locum assignments. Briana Zech is such a person. For the past six or seven years she has provided excellent support during all assignments...

Christino R., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

My experience has been very positive and every time I work with one of the account managers I feel they have my back. The support is fabulous from interviewing, scheduling, credentialing, and travel arrangements. The receipt of compensation is seamless and convenient. I had opportunities to work in many states, but chosen to stay closer to home, which is fine with Barton they support your decisions regardless. They even work with your unique preferences.

Peter C. Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

Excellent recruiting agency. Very communicative. A pleasure to work with them.

Dr. Jeevan S., Locum Tenens Physician

I find Barton’s help with workplace issues to be an amazing service in helping me help patients.

Dan S., Locum Tenens Dentist

I am having the time of my life working as an independent physician. Barton has treated me wonderfully.

Robert R., Locum Tenens Physician

I tell other providers how fun locum tenens is — to travel, to see different things, to go to a different facility.

Dawn S., Locum Tenens Physician Assistant

I go back to locum tenens with Barton because of the passion and diversity. Most days it doesn't even feel like work!

Danielle K., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

Working as a locum reignited my healthcare passion.

John A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

I think older physicians will enjoy working longer as locums than they would in busy emergency departments.

Dr. Craig S., Locum Tenens Physician

The best part of it is that you are being well paid for your adventure.

Bob B., Locum Tenens Surgeon

Barton rocks. My recruiter gets it. I recommend my clinician friends sign up to work locums with Barton. Pronto!

Patricia A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

I love the control locum tenens gives me over my work life. I work when I want, where I want.

Renee D., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

Locum work gives me huge flexibility and variety, and has been amazing. I'm very happy to work with Barton Associates.

Mark V., Locum Tenens CRNA

What a perfect job!

Barbara G, Locum Tenens Physician

Working locum tenens has been great as an NP because I’ve been able to work in states that have full scope of practice.

Marti J., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner

Barton folks have worked hard for me. Overall, I have been happy with Barton!

Barry P., Locum Tenens Hospitalist

Locum tenens means FREEDOM. I get calls from other companies many times a week, but Barton is where I stay!

David C., Locum Tenens Psychiatrist

Medicine is local. With locums, you see different ways to treat the same condition, and it does broaden your horizons.

Dr. Neil B., Locum Tenens Physician

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